Thank a Farmer Week 2016 – Proclamation at Feb. 15 City Council Meeting

thank-a-farmer-proclamation_2016The Mayoral Proclamation has been signed, sealed and delivered: Feb. 7-13, 2016 is THANK A FARMER WEEK in Cape Girardeau. Read more about the Missouri Farm Bureau promotion on their website. Mayor Harry Rediger, left, presents the Thank a Farmer Week proclamation to Kenny Spooler with the Missouri Farm Bureau.
So how do you thank a farmer if you don’t know one?

Proclamation text, “Thank a Farmer Week”
Whereas, Farming and ranching play a vital role in our environment and economy. In recognition of the efforts of farmers, the Missouri Farm Bureau started a week-long promotion to help people connect the importance of agriculture to individuals and the local, statewide and global economy; and
Whereas, the Missouri Farm Bureau has declared February 7-13, 2016 “Thank a Farmer Week;” and
Whereas, farmers today grow more food while using fewer resources than ever. With our changing marketplace, farmers provide an increasing variety of food items to meet consumer demand. Thanks to technology and efficiencies in agriculture, one U.S. farmer today can provide food and fiber for 154 people; and
Whereas, Farm families make up about two percent of the U.S. population, yet they provide for themselves and the other ninety eight percent of the population; and
Whereas, While agriculture is the economic engine in counties across the state, Missouri ranks 2nd in number of farms in the United States; and
Whereas, farmers provide an abundant food supply that is affordable and healthy. American families and individuals spend an average of 10 percent of their disposable personal income on food. Other countries spend a much larger percentage; and
Whereas, agriculture is an important part of Missouri’s economy. Farm businesses give back to the community in many ways while they produce food for the world. Today’s farmer is involved in technological advances which have enabled the farmer to provide the safest, most affordable, nutritious, and abundant food supply of any nation in the world; and
Whereas, The United Nations estimates the world population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050 and will require farmers to provide more food than ever; and
Whereas, Thanks to the efforts of farmers and ranchers in the United States, we not only enjoy an abundant supply of food and fiber, but are able to share out of that abundance and promote energy security, sustain rural communities, preserve open space and wildlife habitat, and protect the environment as well.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim February 7th through 13th, 2016 as Thank a Farmer Week
in the City and encourage all citizens to join us as we pause to “Thank Farmers for a job well done.”
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 15th day of February, 2016. – Harry E. Rediger, Mayor